Find out our family’s favorite Easter books for babies through early readers – and how we celebrated Easter based on Fancy Nancy’s Elegant Easter.
We read a lot of books around our house. If there’s a theme involved, you can probably bet we’ve got at least one book about it. Books about being kind, dealing with frustration or anger, about table manners, learning colors, numbers and letters. Curious George, Eric Carle, Dr. Seuss, Pinkalicious, Amelia Bedelia and Fancy Nancy. Books are our favorite gifts to give the kids. They usually get books for birthdays and every gift-giving holiday. Thankfully both girls love reading their books as much as we love reading to them.
I thought it would be fun to share some of the spring and Easter books we keep around the house, and to share a little story about how we bring the stories to real life in simple ways. I know our collection of Easter books is pretty slim (at least it is when compared to our fall and Christmas collections). But pretty much all of them have been well loved throughout the years.
What is Easter – This is a fun little book to reinforce that Easter isn’t just about candy and clothes.
Quack Quack – This was an Easter gift to T when she was one, and has become one of my favorite books for babies in the Springtime.
Biscuit’s Pet & Play Easter – Another fun little touch and feel book for little babies.
Biscuit in the Garden – A bit more advanced than the last, and not specifically Easter based, but a fun read for springtime.
Fancy Nancy’s Elegant Easter – This is definitely a favorite for both girls. Between the ‘big girl’ words and the interactive lift-the-flap action, it’s a fun way to show that Easter is a special day.
Pinkalicious and the Pink Hat Parade – While not specifically about Easter, our girls are familiar with the tradition of decorating a ‘fancy’ hat for Easter, so this book is a natural extension of the holiday.
There was and Old Lady who Swallowed a Chick – The Old Lady books are just plain fun, and our girls love anything that can bring about a good laugh. Join the old lady as she gobbles up everything you find in an Easter basket and see what hops away.
The Giving Tree – Definitely not an Easter-specific book, but it’s a good book for older children who are ready to start talking about the themes of giving everything out of love for others.
But we don’t just read books around here. One of my favorite things to do is to try to bring the girls’ books to life for them. And that’s exactly what we did last Easter. We took T’s favorite Easter book, Fancy Nancy’s Elegant Easter, and decorated our dining room based on the pictures and descriptions in the book.
Mostly, we copied the use of crepe paper streamers on the table, (left overs from half a dozen birthday parties) and lots of fresh tulips on our table. T had a lot of fun picking out colorful paper plates and decorating leftover plastic cups with washi tape. This was also when I found that it’s really (read: impossible for me) to tie crepe paper into a bow)
I suppose we could have gone all out with real china, expensive table linens and ceramic centerpieces. But I’d rather get the kids involved in creating a special space for family holidays. It was a simple, no-fuss way to make our home more festive; and helped to reinforce T’s love of reading. And that’s the most important part.
Do you have a favorite children’s book for Easter/Spring?
How do you incorporate kids’ stories into family activities?